Monday, July 25, 2011

Lollipops as late-night crowd control?

Posted By on Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Sometimes a belligerent man just needs a lollipop.
  • Sometimes a belligerent man just needs a lollipop.

Music may soothe the savage beast, but what do you do about out-of-control, wasted meatheads after last call? Apparently, they can be satisfied with a sucker.

The Globe and Mail reported on a plan to literally pacify drunk morons in downtown Victoria, British Columbia, wherein city staff and police officers handed out red and blue lollipops to "loud and aggressive" men. In a move cribbed from United Kingdom peace-keeping measures, a member of a task force charged with late-night peace keeping believes that lollipops are the answer to unruly drunkards.

The idea sounds a bit farcical until you consider how you might react when faced with an offer of free candy after a night at the bar. That sounds like a good deal, right? Some gestures are too innocent to be met with cynicism. Supporters suggest that the sugar and the act of keeping an unruly guy's mouth occupied keep him from having that mouth get him into trouble. 

While the recent enactment of a late-night credit-card (or debit card) requirement for entry on the weekends has been met with stout criticism, perhaps the Power & Light District could take a page out of Victoria's book and start keeping the peace with a few lollipops.

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